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Top News Links: Monday, October 23

Ground to be broken tomorrow for new rocket engine plant

Gov. Kay Ivey will be in Huntsville Tuesday to break ground on a new $16 million aerospace manufacturing plant for Aerojet Rocketdyne. The plant is expected to employ a minimum of 750 people with an average salary of $79,560. The 136,000-square-foot plant will be located in the North Huntsville Industrial Park and will produce rocket engines using composites and additive manufacturing. Construction will begin in December. – AL.com

‘Made in U.S.’ label a great fit for Bombardier

Securing a “Made-in-U.S.” label for Bombardier’s C Series jet by building another assembly line in Alabama would cost only “a few hundred million dollars,” Airbus SE’s number 2 executive said Friday. The new facility is crucial to Airbus’s strategy for increasing U.S. sales of the Canadian plane while avoiding stiff trade penalties imposed by the Trump administration. Bombardier projects that passenger jets carrying 100 to 150 passengers will generate 6,000 orders over the next 20 years. – Business Standard

New Auburn degree will bolster manufacturing, tech

Auburn University is launching a new online Master of Engineering Management degree that will support the state’s multibillion-dollar manufacturing and technology industries. The new program, recently approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, will launch in spring 2018. – News release

Game Day Saturday for Shelton’s BEST Robotics Competition

Shelton State Community College will host the sixth Shelton’s BEST Robotics Competition on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28.  Known as “Game Day,” events on Saturday, October 28 will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Game Day activities are open to the public and will include door prizes and a costume contest.  Admission is free. – News release

New ALDI going up on Highway 280 in Birmingham

Construction is under way on a new ALDI on Highway 280 in Birmingham. "We plan to open a new store in Birmingham on Highway 280 before the end of the year, but we're still finalizing the details," ALDI Mt. Juliet Division Vice President Troy Marshall said in a statement. – AL.com

Survey: Shelby County cities have less income inequality

Several Shelby County cities have the lowest amounts of income inequality in the state, according to a study recently conducted by a national website. Zippia.com recently released a list of the cities with the least income inequality in Alabama, which can have an effect on several quality-of-life issues within a community. – Alabaster Reporter

‘Sock Queen’ gets NBC Inspiring America treatment

Hanging on by a thread, Terry Locklear's daughter came to him with a proposal: start making high-end, organic socks and save the family business. – NBC

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